Lakes Culture 2017 Calendar of Events

Lakes Culture 2017 calendar of events Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal (photo by Tony West) Roundabout pop-up theatre - coming to Grasmere village, in the heart of the Lake District, from 14 - 17 September 2017 Orange Field – © Estate of Percy Kelly, showing at Percy Kelly: Line of Beauty, A Retrospective at Tullie House from 23 September 2017 - 28 January 2018 Winter Droving, Penrith, 14 November 2015

Diaries at the ready… 2017 is another exciting year of outstanding culture in the beautiful Lake District! This world renowned cultural landscape provides an abundance of inspiration and exploration throughout the year, with its vibrant literary legacy and the UK’s first forest for sculpture.

For further Cumbrian cultural delights, 2017 presents an impressive line-up of art, music, performance and festivals. From celebrations of literature and comic art to Gruffalos and great theatre – there’s some Lakes Culture for everyone!

So check out our Lakes Culture calendar for 2017 and start planning your cultural adventures in the Lake District…

Cumbria proudly presents an extravaganza of inspiring cultural events throughout 2017!

// THE GRUFFALO SPOTTER – Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Until December 2017

The Gruffalo Spotter new app and trail in Grizedale Forest
The Gruffalo Spotter new app and trail in Grizedale Forest

A new augmented reality app and trail bringing The Gruffalo characters to life is now open at Grizedale Forest. Families can follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs of their favourite characters based on The Gruffalo, best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This self-led adventure is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities along the way. The Gruffalo Spotter app is free from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon and requires downloading before your visit. The trail at Grizedale Forest runs until December 2017.

Find out more and download the app here

// PAINTING POP – Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Until Saturday 7 October 2017

Painting Pop exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal
Painting Pop exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal

This unmissable exhibition presents works by leading artists in British Pop Art who have made a significant contribution to the development of twentieth century and contemporary art practice. Painting Pop focuses on the period around 1962, a significant year for Pop Art in Britain, and includes work by Sir Peter Blake, Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Allen Jones borrowed from major collections such as Tate, National Portrait Gallery and Government Art Collection.

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// A RAKE’S PROGRESS BY DAVID HOCKNEY – Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Until Saturday 30 December 2017

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal
A Rake’s Progress by David Hockney at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal

Abbot Hall Art Gallery also presents a rare opportunity to see A Rake’s Progress by David Hockney, a splendid collection of artworks in a beautifully intimate gallery space. With a career now spanning 6 decades, David Hockney is one of the most successful and widely recognised British artists of his generation. A Rake’s Progress is a series of 16 skillfully executed etching and aquatint prints drawing on Hockney’s experience as a visitor to New York in their narrative, featuring a semi-autobiographical character. Don’t miss it!

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// 2017 SUMMER SEASON – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

25 May – 4 November 2017

World premiere of Remarkable Invisible by Laura Eason is coming to Theatre by the Lake in 2017
World premiere of Remarkable Invisible by Laura Eason is coming to Theatre by the Lake in 2017

The rich 2017 Summer Season at Theatre by the Lake consists of six outstanding shows including three World Premiere productions – How My Light is Spent by Alan Harris, Miss Julie directed by Tom Littler and Remarkable Invisible by Laura Eason.

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// C-ART – Various venues throughout Cumbria

8 – 17 September 2017

C-Art 2017, from 8 - 17 September, is Cumbria’s largest visual arts programme
C-Art 2017, from 8 – 17 September, is Cumbria’s largest visual arts programme

C-Art is Cumbria’s countywide visual arts programme, co-ordinated by Eden Arts. Highlights include the open studios and gallery events which include the work of over 100 artists, designers and independent galleries.

Find out more here

// ROUNDABOUT – Grasmere Village, Lake District

14 – 17 September

Inside the Rounadabout pop-up theatre
Inside the Rounadabout pop-up theatre

Roundabout, the world’s first pop-up-and-plug-in theatre, will be pitching up on Moss Parrock in the scenic village of Grasmere for 4 days of plays, comedy and spoken word shows from 14 – 17 September. Regarded as the national theatre of new writing, Paines Plough produce work from the UK’s best and brightest young writers and performers. This September experience the thrill of cutting-edge, modern theatre in the historic heart of the Lake District.

Highlights include:

Black Mountain – a psychological thriller by Brad Birch
Out of Love – a tale of love and friendship by Elinor Cook
How to be Kind – a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in by Sarah McDonald-Hughes
Alun Cochrane – an evening of stand-up comedy
Travelling Second Class Through Hope – Henry Normal performs work from his new collection of poems
Jarrow Road to the Deep South – Stuart Maconie presents a new show about his latest book

Find out more and book your tickets here

// PERCY KELLY: LINE OF BEAUTY, A RETROSPECTIVE – Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria

Saturday 23 September – Sunday 28 January 2018

Crosby Villas – © Estate of Percy Kelly, showing atCrosby Villas – © Estate of Percy Kelly, showing at Percy Kelly: Line of Beauty, A Retrospective at Tullie House from 23 September 2017 - 28 January 2018
Crosby Villas by Percy Kelly – © Estate of Percy Kelly

This major retrospective celebrates the extraordinary talent of Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly (1918-1993). For the first time major examples of Kelly’s artistic output are brought together in a rich display of over 100 works, many of which have not been on display before. The exhibition spans over 65 years from 1928 aged 9 up to his death in 1993 aged 74.

The exhibition is specially curated by Chris Wadsworth, the leading expert on the life and work of Percy Kelly.

Find out more here

// LAKELAND SINFONIA CONCERTS – Kendal, South Lakes

October 2017 – April 2018

Jonathon Heyward (photo by Jeremy Ayres Fischer)
Jonathon Heyward (photo by Jeremy Ayres Fischer)

The Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society is an Arts Council sponsored charity which promotes orchestral concerts in Kendal. From October to April it brings internationally renowned orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle, the Manchester Camerata and Royal Northern Sinfonia to the South Lakes with internationally esteemed musicians. It also promotes the local Lakeland Sinfonia, giving local musicians the opportunity to work with great conductors and soloists.

For more information about the concerts and booking details, please visit the Lakeland Sinfonia website

// LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL – Various venues in Kendal

13 – 15 October 2017

Darwyn Cooke at LICAF 2015
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – artwork by Darwyn Cooke

For creative KERPOW – make a date in your diary for LICAF 2017! The only comic art event of its kind in the UK celebrating the best comic art from around the world. The festival takes over the beautiful town of Kendal on the edge of the Lakes for a full weekend of exhibitions, live draws, masterclasses, trails, films, workshops and more!

Find out more here

// WINTER DROVING – Penrith

28 October 2017

Winter Droving returns to Penrith in 2017 - photo John Burrows
Winter Droving returns to Penrith in 2017 – photo John Burrows

The Winter Droving is a magical festival in Penrith that celebrates all things rural, traditional and fun. The event highlight is a torch lit procession through the town featuring fire, lanterns, masquerade and music and mayhem.

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// BY JEEVES BY ALAN AYCKBOURN WITH MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER – Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere

6 October – 4 November 2017

By Jeeves at Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
By Jeeves at Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical By Jeeves is the highlight of the Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season 2017! Opening on Friday 6 October and running until Saturday 4 November, it is a rare opportunity to see the first Ayckbourn revival in over 20 years of this jocular musical and the biggest ever production seen at the Old Laundry. From Broadway to Bowness – fabulous family musical comedy theatre guaranteed!

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// KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – Various venues in Kendal

16 – 19 November 2017

Kendal Mountain Festival (photo Stuart Holmes Photography)
Kendal Mountain Festival (photo Stuart Holmes Photography)

The award-winning Kendal Mountain Festival is the UK’s premier mountain film festival and is the most diverse event for outdoor enthusiasts in the world.

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// THE SECRET GARDEN – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

24 November 2017 – 13 January 2018

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett - adapted by Jessica Swale
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett – adapted by Jessica Swale

The Secret Garden, directed by Liz Stevenson, is this year’s family friendly Christmas production at Theatre by the Lake. It’s 1920, and spoilt, lonely Mary Lennox lives a life of luxury in India with her aristocratic parents. But when an unexpected twist of fate suddenly leaves her orphaned, she is sent to live with an unknown uncle in Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors.

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// MORE LAKES CULTURE

For the year-round cultural offer in the Lake District check out our Top 20 Things to do in the Lake District